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"Specific solutions for transporting wine"



By Cindy Grimaud, head of communications at JF Hillebrand France.

Cindy Grimaud
Cindy Grimaud

Wines are very sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity. Shipping them by sea requires a lot of planning if you want to ensure they are well preserved. The best way to keep wine in optimum conditions is and always will be in a reefer container, i.e. one kept at a constant temperature of 14/15°C. 

It should be remembered that it takes around 35 days to travel from France to China by sea, and that does not include transfer times at ports. During their journey, some wines cross the equator or enter zones with different climates, temperature and humidity. The change between day and night can sometimes be particularly drastic. In January, a container may begin its journey in France at -5°C and reach its destination in Sydney at +25°C. That is why the reefer solution is best for protecting wines. 

However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of this equipment. There are a limited number of reefer containers and they are increasingly expensive. We do not want buyers to choose a dry container with no protection for wine simply because they do not want to spend money on shipping the goods in a reefer container. So we offer an alternative: a container insulated with VinLiner.

Wine can be transported safely and at competitive prices

Installed inside a dry container, the new VinLiner insulation technology significantly reduces the impact of changes in temperature and humidity by protecting the wines from the thermal shocks that a ship undergoes at sea and at ports. This means we avoid product degradation, leaks, overheating and/or freezing, and production of ethyl carbamate. 

VinLiner also protects goods from residual condensation inside the container, which can damage labels, caps, corks and boxes. In addition, VinLiner protects against other hazards inside the container. These include water spillages, unpleasant odours and contamination from the wooden boards of the containers and from paints, which often contain naphthalene. 

We should not forget the environmental benefits, either. As VinLiner weighs just 14kg for a 6m- (20ft-) long container, it has very low CO² emission levels. 

You should never have to transport wine with no protection to be competitive in the international wine shipping business. The VinLiner alternative is essential to the industry. It is an affordable, effective option for importing and exporting wines.

Special issue : Ensuring the logistical safety and security of Mediterranean wines

En français : La logistique des vins méditerranéens

Special issue in partnership with Vinisud  

Cindy Grimaud

Monday, October 29th 2012

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